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Blood Drive

Saturday, March 29

Hicksville Gregory Museum Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, April 2

Meet the Psychics

Friday, April 4


March 26, 29, 30

My First Movies

My First Movies is a fun, interactive playdate for toddlers at Broadway Mall. Hosted live by the character Mitten the Kitten, the event is filled with singing, dancing and education elements. Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. For more information contact the Broadway Multiplex at 516-935-1313.


March 29

Blood Drive

Join the Sarah Grace Foundation at this blood drive, which is being held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hicksville Community Center, 28 Carl St. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Matthew Weippert at 516-433-9745 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


April 2

Hicksville Gregory Museum Board of Trustees Meeting

The Hicksville Gregory Museum Board of Trustees will have a meeting at the museum at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 516-822-7505 or visit www.gregorymuseum.org


April 4

Meet the Psychics

Eyes of Learning, a Hicksville based non-profit metaphysical learning and teaching group, will be hosting a program allowing you the opportunity to get up close and personal with our gifted readers, mediums and psychics.  The audience is scheduled to be seated in one of five semi-circles and five psychics will each spend 20 to 25 minutes in each circle before rotating to the next circle. The psychics will tell you a little about themselves and also do readings. By the end of the evening, all attendees will have had the opportunity to interact with all of the psychics. No pre-registration required. Members: $10, non-members: $15. 8 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. For more information visit www.eyesoflearning.org


April 5

British War Veterans of America, Inc. Fundraiser

The British War Veterans of America will be having a fundraiser with Chinese Bingo and other family fun at the VFW Post #3211 at 320 South Broadway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will only be sold in advance and cost $8. For tickets call 516-739-0698.


April 6

Ki-Zingo Fundraiser

There will be a Ki-Zingo fundraiser to benefit the Kismet Shrine Hospital Patient Transportation Fund from 3 to 6 p.m. at Kismet Shrine, at 18 W. Nicholai St. Prizes include gift cards to local restaurants and stores, home and garden items, sports tickets and much more. A $10 donation includes your first two bingo cards and unlimited coffee and cafe. Other snacks will be available for purchase.

Eyes of Learning Spring Festival

Eyes of Learning will be holding their spring festival. There will be raffles, vendors, free lectures, food and the psychic readings. Admission fee of $5. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville.


April 9

Board of Education Meeting

There will be a board of education committee meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the administration building.

Booster Club Meeting

There will be a meeting of the booster club at Hicksville High School at 7:30 p.m.


April 11

Fashion Show

The Hicksville Fire Department Ladies Auxillary will be holding a fashion show and gift auction at Station 1 Firehouse, located at 20 E. Marie St. Admission is $15 and includes wine, cheese and crackers. Raffle tickets will be sold separately and a gift auction will take place throughout the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Limited seating, reservations are a must. For reservations or information call Bonnie at 516-578-8173 or Laura at 516-681-2104.

Sarah Grace Foundation Fundraiser

The Sarah Grace Foundation for Children with Cancer, Inc. will be holding their 11th annual Night of Laughter. Comedian Rick Morgan will host the event, which features the stand-up comedy of Isaacs and Baker, John Consoli, Lori Grasman and Hiram Kasten. The show will be held at Milleridge Cottage at 585 N. Broadway in Jericho. Tickets are $75 per person and includes admission, show, dinner, drinks and dessert. Advance raffle packages are also available for $25. Advance purchase is required. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. The benefit fundraiser will support the programs and activities of the Hicksville-based organization. For more information call 516-433-9745 or visit www.TheSarahGraceFoundation.org

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Spooktacular Halloween

October 17

Fall Festival

October 18

Veterans Casework Seminar

October 21



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